Five Bangladeshi sentenced to death for Saudi diplomat killing

DHAKA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi court sentenced five

members of a gang to death on Sunday for killing a Saudi Arabian

diplomat in the capital Dhaka last March, court officials said.

Khalaf Ali, 45, a second secretary at his embassy, was shot

at night near the embassy in Dhaka's diplomatic zone, raising an

alarm over the first slaying of a diplomat in the country.

Judge Mohammad Motahar Hossain of the quick-trial court

issued the verdict for the five men who police said shot Ali

while trying to rob him. One of the accused remains on the run

from police.

Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh have close ties, with a large

number of Bangladeshis employed in the oil-rich kingdom. In

recent years, the embassy has tightened visa rules to stop an

influx of people with forged documents.

Relations between the two countries were strained in October

2011, when Saudi authorities executed eight Bangladeshi workers

in public for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery in

which an Egyptian security guard was killed.

(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Anis Ahmed and Ron Popeski)

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